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RASKALS spring service project starts one week early

Post Date:03/28/2019 12:06 PM

West Chester Township bumped the community’s spring installment of its semi-annual service project up a week to better accommodate student schedules.

The first of two RASKALS (Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors) days is planned for Saturday, April 27. Organizers hope the earlier start date encourages greater volunteer participation, which is typically lower in spring than in fall.

RASKALS_0632-web“Our most popular RASKALS day tends to be our November offering, just after kids go back to school. This year we hope to make it easier for anyone still in need of extra service hours and catch them before it’s too late to receive official school credit,” said Laura Groff, who has led the Township’s RASKALS efforts for a decade and a half.  

Not available April 27? No problem.

After an overwhelmingly positive response a year ago, West Chester will again extend the project for volunteers who are unavailable on the official RASKALS date. Any team or group with a scheduling conflict may be paired with a client on an alternate date.

Online RASKALS registration also returns in 2019.

Since first offering the option last spring, approximately 90 volunteers have signed up online. Individuals and/or groups this year are encouraged to RSVP online by visiting https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ba9aa2da1fb6-2019.

All RASKALS work is coordinated by West Chester Township organizers. Volunteer teams are paired with homes in the neighborhood where they complete simple yard clean-up tasks and outdoor chores from about 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age or accompanied by an adult if younger, and everyone must complete a waiver. Common tasks in spring include mulching, weeding, planting flowers and cleaning windows.

RASKALS serves more than 100 local seniors each year. The program helps residents remain more self-sufficient while developing meaningful relationships between volunteers and their clients.

Find more details, call 513-759-7312.

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